The Power of Place: A One-Day Class in the Role of Landscape in Narrative with Deanne Stillman

How do landscape and geography influence plot and character? How can they shape the structure and feeling of a story?  Whether the landscape of your story is the interior of a car, a mountain range, a kitchen, a big city, or an emotional terrain, it should be portrayed clearly. 

This three-hour class with author Deanne Stillman will explore the role of place in narrative in the work of writers like Jon Krakauer, Joyce Carol Oates, and Rick Bass, and how you can apply similar techniques to your own work.  Deanne's own work is place-based (generally the Mojave Desert), and will be discussed as well. The second half will focus on how individuals can apply the range of examples to their own works-in-progress, or perhaps lead to new pieces of writing. Enrollment is limited to seven and students will submit up to five pages (double-spaced) in advance of the workshop.

May 14, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Beverly Hills, CA
Address provided upon R.S.V.P.

Deanne StillmanDeanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her latest book, Desert Reckoning, is based on a Rolling Stone piece that was a finalist for a PEN Center USA journalism award.  It won the 2013 Spur Award and LA Press Club Award for best nonfiction, and received great reviews in Kirkus, PW, the LA Review of Books, Denver Post, and elsewhere.  Her previous book was Mustang, an LA Times "Best Book 2008" and winner of the California Book Award silver medal for nonfiction.  It's currently under option for a film starring Wendie Malick and has been presented to President Obama as the book to read on wild horses and American history.  In addition, she wrote Twentynine Palms, an LA Times "Best Book 2001" which Hunter Thompson called "A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer."  It is now taught in college nonfiction classes around the country.  Deanne's work is widely anthologized and she's a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program.  For more info, see